According to a survey conducted in fifteen African countries, young people on the continent are rapidly losing confidence in their country and the continent as a whole, reports the Guardian. The 2022 African Youth Survey, conducted by the Ichikowitz Foundation, surveyed 4,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 24, of whom only 32% said they were optimistic about Africa’s prospects. This is an eleven percent drop from previous figures. In 2020, a similar survey had 43% of participants expressing optimism. According to the survey, the pandemic, climate crisis, violence on the continent and political instability are making people “nervous” about their future in their respective countries.
However, around 75% of people showed a positive view of their personal future, believing that things could improve.
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Frustration over their prospects on the continent has led many to harbor a desire to emigrate to foreign lands. According to the 2020 survey, about two-thirds intended to stay in Africa, now more than half, or 52%, wanted to go abroad.
According to Ivor Ichikowitz, whose family foundation commissioned the survey, many of those interviewed had had their education suspended and lost their income due to the pandemic.
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“In many countries in Africa it’s an election year or a year just before elections, and it’s quite logical that people see instability as a concern,” the Guardian said, quoting Ichikowitz.
“But couple that with the lack of access to water, couple that with a major concern about terrorism, and you now have a very worried demographic about the future of the continent,” he added.
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“And the real bombshell of the survey is that a very high percentage of people in the response group are thinking about migration.”
According to the survey, sixty percent of Africa’s population is under 25 and more than a third is between 15 and 34 years old. It is estimated that by 2030, 42 percent of the world’s youth population will be African. .
(With agency contributions)
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